Tgif is a weekly meme hosted and created by Ginger at Greads. This feature lets us wrap up the week and also poses a weekly question pertaining to blogging, books and what have you. This weeks question:
Banned Books: How do you feel about the censorship of the freedom to read? Do you think the education system needs to be more strict on what children are exposed to in books?
I think most book bloggers, me included will band together and agree that book censorship is wrong.
Adults should be able to read whatever they choose and no government or committee should deem otherwise. For instance say your a person that likes to read "how to" manuals about molesting kids, well then your a sick pervert and if your doing that to kids you should go to jail were another sick pervert is reading a manual on how to molest new inmates.
There is a huge gray area when dealing with children- I am first and most importantly a parent and I believe some books can do more harm than good. I do not want a teacher or an educator to expose my child to something that she's not ready for -OR-before Ive had a chance to discuss it with her first, that's taking away my rights as a parent to deem whats fit for my child. Thankfully I live in a district were most of the parents are involved with what gets shown, discussed, what have you, thats why we choose this particular school district.
In all honesty- really ask yourself this question- are there any books out there right now that we cant go to Amazon and buy? Banning does not equal illegal, Ive only heard of a few book banning's in public schools and banning in schools is a community, parental and school district decision, its not an act against freedom, if a book has been pulled off a public school library shelf and you want your kid to read it....go buy it.....This could go on and on, get ugly and cause fights, so I tend to stay out of the book banning drama, but my stance is when it comes down to it- its a parents job to decide what their kids are reading.
My teen (14) just finished Bitter End and The Hate List by Jennifer Brown, while both were very mature books, I felt as her mother she could handle it, after she read it, we talked about abusive relationships, the signs of an unhealthy boyfriend, violence and sexual relationships in teen dating. But another parent may not feel the same way I do about these books, so it would not be my place to share them with another child. I expect the same respect from another adult, be it a teacher or other, concerning my children.
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Have a great weekend folks, eat popcorn and watch a good movie...Ill be reading The Faerie Ring and starting Season three of Friday Night Lights.